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Description old school cranky pants gamer guy
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Signed On Mar 18, 2011, 00:28
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News Comments > Into the Black
19. Re: Into the Black Nov 14, 2015, 11:01 panbient
Cutter wrote on Nov 13, 2015, 20:37:
Right, and if there had been armed people at that concert hall maybe it wouldn't have been a bloodbath because the terrorists would have rightfully had their lives ended before they got going. Sounds good to me.

Are you actually advocating for armed guards in every public place? Because the alternative seems far more insane. In the heat of the moment when one person starts shooting at another and then someone else starts firing and then a different person pulls out another gun and someone else is getting shot and more guns start appearing in hands. Who do you shoot at? How can you really know who's trying to kill rather than survive?

Though I do agree with your other comment about eliminating ISIS at its head as reasoning with them seems impossible.

The Half Elf wrote on Nov 13, 2015, 22:41:
Fucking CNN: "There is no credible or specific threat in the United States" NO FUCKING SHIT, a Heavy Metal Concert in PARIS was attacked. A soccer/football game was attacked, why the fuck would it have anything to do with us?!?

The Eagles of Death Metal are not a metal band nor was it a metal show, but they are an American band (and a super fun old school rock and roll one to boot). People were there to dance and have fun. If I lived in France I would have been at that show. There's also always the possibility that there could have been a more coordinated plan as well, give it a few hours while all the attention is focused across the pond then start new incidents in another nation.
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Launches
18. Re: Steam Hardware Launches Nov 11, 2015, 10:45 panbient
descender wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 10:35:
The battery compartment has a slide switch that pops it off? Not sure if it was always that way but definitely not hard to take off. Getting the batteries out definitely takes a little more force if you don't push the tabs in the proper direction.

I've been using the gamepad to control windows outside of the Steam BPM and it works flawlessly so I'm not anticipating any trouble playing Civ5 or an RTS. Haven't decided if I like it set as trackball or mouse control yet but its perfectly accurate in either mode. I will definitely configure Civ5 later and let you know how it works out.

Cool, thanks for the insight. Figure I'll try my luck at getting one over the weekend.
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News Comments > Steam Hardware Launches
16. Re: Steam Hardware Launches Nov 11, 2015, 10:14 panbient
Agrajag wrote on Nov 11, 2015, 06:01:

I got one of the early pre-order Alienware Steam Machines a month ago, so have been playing around with it for a while now... The controller took me a fair bit of getting used to, but once I did, damn it works well! Especially for games expecting a mouse... In ones expecting an Xbox controller, it can be kind of weird, with the right trackpad emulating a stick... But, I mostly got used to that, too... But, it's far more natural when it's replacing a mouse...

So having said that, how well does the controller work for something like Civilization 5, a Total War title, or an old school RTS like Age of Empires 2? It seems most reviews I've found focused on using it to replace a traditional gamepad with a more multi-platform / console oriented title (like Tomb Raider or Assassin's Creed).

Another potential issue I read about in previews was access to the battery compartment saying that it felt like you were breaking the controller the first few times you had to open it. Have you dealt with that yet? Or has that been refined leading up to release?
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News Comments > Blizzard Updating Older Games for Modern OSes
15. Re: Blizzard Updating Older Games for Modern OSes Nov 4, 2015, 19:30 panbient
Kxmode wrote on Nov 4, 2015, 18:13:
I hope Blizzard is going to let existing owners download the updated versions for free.

I'm cautiously optimistic on that side. On one hand it would be great fan service for the old school gamers who helped build the company into the giant it became. On the other hand, depending on the level of modernization, the conversions might not be that cheap.

Though I did end up getting a 'free' copy of Brood War when I registered the serial code from my original Starcraft v1.0 disc (from a Protoss box), so generosity is a possibility. But I would also be totally fine paying like $5 for an upgrade patch to my existing product.

I'm also wondering if the reason there's no early Warcraft and Diablo is because of the whole Blizzard / Blizzard North division or if they're just waiting to see the reception the bigger titles of the classic franchises receive.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Update and Trailer
19. Re: Star Citizen Update and Trailer Oct 28, 2015, 16:43 panbient
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 28, 2015, 14:37:
what sort of computer are we going to need to play this?


On one hand I'm joking. On the other I won't be at all surprised if CIG eventually claims it needs to get one in order to make the full persistent universe happen.
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News Comments > Remembers More Forgotten Realms
5. Re: Remembers More Forgotten Realms Oct 28, 2015, 12:28 panbient
yonder wrote on Oct 28, 2015, 10:54:
Whoever wrote this obviously wasn't even the tiniest bit familiar with what they were talking about, and that's a bit disheartening.

You missed the joke. The headline is about more realms that had been forgotten, just twisted a bit.
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News Comments > New Star Citizen Alpha
41. Re: New Star Citizen Alpha Oct 25, 2015, 09:39 panbient
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 25, 2015, 09:33:
harlock wrote on Oct 25, 2015, 08:49:
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 25, 2015, 07:59:
Nucas wrote on Oct 25, 2015, 07:07:
oops! i typed the wrong thing, you got me. but if you've got it in your head that your dick simply must be swung around because of this important video games stuff that you have internalized, then carry on.

Thanks for the suggestion but I'll keep my dick in my pants. You don't want me to swing it around cuz it would end up in a very messy beheading if I cockslapped you!

this is what they call: overcompensating

No. It's called having a fucking wrecking ball in yer pants!

If it's like a wrecking ball you might want to get it checked by a doctor.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2015, 10:33 panbient
My father had a colonoscopy earlier this year, they name dropped Gatorade more than a few times in the prep instructions to avoid dehydration. Really anything heavy with electrolytes, I just found it strange they kept mentioning Gatorade.


(and good luck)
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Released
18. Re: Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Released Oct 13, 2015, 12:38 panbient
Task wrote on Oct 13, 2015, 11:55:
The thing with ARs is that you don't have to use them, but it certainly may make the journey easier if you do use them. I only ever had 2 people equipped with them. Others I kept well-rounded, so my squad was using a wide assortment of weapons, such as miniguns, melee weapons, sub-machine guns, energy weapons, and a sniper rifle. There is an energy weapon you can get, if you do the right steps, that is far more powerful than any AR in the game.

Exactly. My only complaint with the weapons was that an upgraded assault rifle had about the same range as a sniper rifle with the added bonus of burst fire. It essentially made snipers useless, especially in the late game, aside from using them to trigger combat from as far away as possible (maybe a half dozen tiles more than an AR).

I used a variety of weapons as well and found them all to be effective in particular circumstances (shotgun at point blank, SMG at short range etc.)
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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Released
12. Re: Wasteland 2 Director's Cut Released Oct 13, 2015, 11:06 panbient
Creston wrote on Oct 13, 2015, 10:19:
I quite enjoyed it, but never finished it. Once I finally made it to Hollywood after ~ 60 hours, and realized it was a monstrously massive place with tons of factions and inter-connected quests, I just gave up. I'm already not a fan of huge cities in RPGs with too much stuff to do at once, and getting me to another such city 60 hours in really doesn't tickle my funny bone. (Pillars of Eternity had the exact same problem for me.)

However, up until that point I thought it was an excellent game. Hopefully they've done some balancing with regards to the skills. It seemed fine in the first area, but once you got to Cali, 95% of all skill checks were at 10+ difficulty, which was ridiculous.

From what I recall getting to Hollywood was about 2/3rds of the way (took me about 90 hours to complete the game and I tried to do as much as possible). So it wouldn't be another 60 hours but still substantial. While there was a lot to do Hollywood felt like it connected more efficiently (not unlike the rail yard section that felt like a marathon that never ended).

As for the skill checks I think the intention was to really specialize your characters and/or use trinkets to boost skills. The story also provided compelling reasons to revisit most of the early Cali locations as well (ideally once you leveled up a few times and maxed out particular skills).

I don't regret playing through it early on and I'm definitely looking forward to playing the DC over the coming winter. Unlike most games it's not really possible to see everything on the first go around.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2015, 09:14 panbient
Meanwhile in Canada, it's Thanksgiving.

Happy Turkey Day fellow canucks!
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Oct 8, 2015, 19:58 panbient
Well... if anyone ever wanted an HD remake of an old school message board flame war these last few weeks are pretty much as good as it's going to get.  
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News Comments > Voice Actors Authorize Strike
18. Re: Voice Actors Authorize Strike Oct 8, 2015, 13:06 panbient
siapnar wrote on Oct 8, 2015, 12:15:
Meanwhile the actual developers of the game get peanuts in comparison


If anyone involved in the game industry deserves some form of protection it's the actual developers.

That's not to say the voice actors concerns aren't legitimate. But it's like getting insurance for the paint job instead of the actual car.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2015, 20:35 panbient
Julio wrote on Oct 7, 2015, 17:59:
I won't be downloading the free copy of Broken Age just on principle. Too bad PS+ isn't getting good games vs garbage like that.

I've actually let my subscription lapse and have no intention of renewing again until they start increasing the quality. Also not a big fan of the variable time limit on some of the higher profile games either.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2015, 16:25 panbient
Creston wrote on Oct 6, 2015, 15:52:
weirdly, most reviews make no mention of this omission

It's really not that weird if you think about it.

(hint: $$$$$)

Or that Harmonix has been quite open about the fact that it wouldn't be an option at launch and at this point the reviewers see it as a non-issue. I think it's a safe bet that most early adopters of RB4 have played one of the earlier titles and have informed themselves. The 4 biggest points that were made about it early on were
- DLC carry over
- 'platform' longevity
- No Pro-Instruments / keyboards
- No Online play

I understand it affects some people, it affects me too, but they obviously see the server traffic - if it was that popular would I really have kept running into the same players on a semi-regular basis? I think it's a case where the people who played online used it a lot, but not many actually did. They also seem to be pushing the core experience this time around as a more social / in-person party game where online play isn't essential.

They've also made it clear that online play is not off the table and could likely return in the future. That might be why the reviews are just dealing with the actual current functionality and not commenting on unresolved features.

The real question is will the initial launch provide enough success to justify continued development of the 'platform'.

Also poking around their forums today it seems that there's some unofficial functionality on the PS4 for the Midi-Pro-Adapter for drummers. I also saw a clip of someone using an RB3 keyboard through a bunch of other wi-fi controllers to get some drum functionality but no actual keyboard gameplay. While the catalog for keys based music is limited (and likely never being fully ported) it might make for an alternative controller for guitar / bass at some point down the road.
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News Comments > Escapist Defends Star Citizen Sources
25. Re: Escapist Defends Star Citizen Sources Oct 2, 2015, 23:41 panbient
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 23:34:
panbient wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 23:24:
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 23:18:

Who's General Custard anyway?

He's obviously Colonel Mustard's brother.
The Swedish Chef had something to do with it.

Well yeah... their MOM!
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News Comments > Escapist Defends Star Citizen Sources
22. Re: Escapist Defends Star Citizen Sources Oct 2, 2015, 23:24 panbient
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 23:18:

Who's General Custard anyway?

He's obviously Colonel Mustard's brother.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up
31. Re: Star Citizen Employee Article Follow-up Oct 2, 2015, 13:43 panbient
NewMaxx wrote on Oct 2, 2015, 13:04:

I cannot agree more and have experienced similar situations. It's not specific to programmers though, it's anyone working in development (artists, designers, QA / testers, etc). The only people who never have to stay in the office after 5 are executives, but they'll tell you they're permanently connected (because they can't actually let go of their phones).

Having said that I'm not sure if unionizing is necessarily the best solution. I could see that harming the smaller independent segment of the industry quite a bit. In my experience proper HR that didn't have to answer to the company owner would go a long way in addressing a lot of the issues. Though I suppose there's not much difference in a 3rd party regulatory agency and a union.

Also actual design planning. Oh my god. Documentation (before development begins) and Documenting (as development is happening) are not the same thing! Dismissing a spreadsheet packed with organizable data because it's not as visually appealing as a gliffy image of a monstrous spiderweb does not make for more effective development!

And anyone who actually plans for crunch time as part of development is doing it wrong! That's not to say it won't happen, even with a perfect plan something will go sideways eventually but if you've already earmarked a few weeks as 'crunch' then your plan is already flawed from the onset.
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News Comments > Burnout "Spiritual Successor" Revealed
5. Re: Burnout Oct 2, 2015, 11:16 panbient
I am SO happy they're talking about parts 2,3, or 4 and not Paradise.

I played all 3 of those a ridiculous amount, Paradise just never cut it for me. Frankly I'm not a fan of open world racing games, especially for Burnout. It just never felt right to me.

Having to chose between a successor between parts 3 and 4 is just a brutal thought exercise.
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News Comments > Star Citizen's $900 Ship
25. Re: Star Citizen's $900 Ship Sep 30, 2015, 09:52 panbient
I'm starting to think this is the most elaborate 'augmented reality' game ever. The whole point seems to be to keep the ball spinning, not to ever release a wheel. The people who pay get to keep being part of something bigger and better than the observers on the sidelines. Would it still be arguably fraudulent if they started calling it an AR game?

I also agree with Harlock's assessment that a lot of us are too close to the mark. One of my best friends is an old school gamer who still works in the industry (not AAA), calls Star Control 2 his ultimate game ever, loves space, and any sort of game (board, card, etc), and had no idea of SC even existing until I brought it up earlier this summer. There are just so many other entertainment options out there.
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